Living Potential Care Farming CIC

by Tanya Bish in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, England

Living Potential Care Farming CIC
We did it
On 24th January 2018 we successfully raised £85 with 5 supporters in 56 days

Raising funds for planting and equiping a community permaculture project. This is a KEEP-IT-ALL project, anything raised will be reinvested

by Tanya Bish in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, England

This is a KEEP-IT-ALL project, anything raised will be reinvested straight back into the venture. We also have an everyday donations page for which we are very grateful to everybody who keep us afloat - we rely on you to help us buy the day to day equipment like sensory and visual aids, kitchen and gardening equipment. 

This, however, is a long term vision.  

On a community care farm, not far far away - between Leeds and Harrogate (Wetherby) to be precise, we help improve mind and body health in a supportive environment, delivering results for people and planet, working hand-in-hand with nature.

You can learn how to care for small animals, try permaculture (the most sustainable form of horticulture), and progress towards qualifications and work experience.  Work of this kind improves self-esteem, helps social skills and fosters lasting friendships. Nature-based interventions are proven to be therapeutic, we aim to be fully inclusive and we want to be able to offer the benefits of these activities to all ages and abilities.

Our directors have a wealth of teaching, support work and social work backgrounds and we are looking to provide positive outcomes for all the living aspects of the farm, for all to live up to their potential. We have consultants from permaculture and horticulture backgrounds, an onsite vet and farming experts to hand. 

We plan to extend and improve our activities, making what we have more accessible and productive. A new, wheelchair friendly polytunnel in our existing allotment for example, would mean more clients are able to take part in horticulture planting and potting on. Similarly, an accessible compost toilet would be both considerate for people and for our environment. 

We would further like to extend our project. A heritage orchard, grown in a forest garden style, will showcase the ability of small spaces to provide food and shelter for humans, animals, insects and plants. We have a specialist heritage consultant ready to help us get started with trees and bushes that are rare, sometimes endangered but always tasty and versatile. Alongside this we can offer refuge to farm animals and raise some heritage breeds too. To provide for these animals we require secure fencing and other equipment, along with a feed store. 

To provide for the humans, we need a fully accessible compost toilet and we need a learning room with a wood burner and with a kitchen for bad weather. We aim to keep our environmental impact to a minimum but our social benefit impact to a maximum. The learning room would be equipped with interactive exhibitions of science for children up to adults, explaining food chains, the weather, the water cycle and the life cycles of creatures found on the farm. We have all sorts of habitats here for people to explore and engage with, from Forest School pre-schoolers to Groundwork Leeds conservationists. 

With a successful project, our members can offer 'farm to fork' food at a cafe and we will be able to offer qualifications specifically designed for adults with learning disabilities such as catering and employability along with those already in the pipeline to do with animal care and land based studies. 

  

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Sponsor a Bush

Sponsor a bush in our community orchard. Choose from raspberry, goose berry, loganberries and other varieties that are all heritage and many of which are now endangered. Tasty, sometimes rare and often unusual varieties will be available to the public and help the conservation of our national fruit heritage. We will be using forest garden techniques to ensure the most efficient and sustainable harvest.

£10 or more

Sponsor a tree

Sponsor a tree in our community orchard. Choose from apple, cherry, plum and other varieties that are all heritage and many of which are now endangered. Tasty, sometimes rare and often unusual varieties will be available to the public and help the conservation of our national fruit heritage.

£15 or more

Adopt a Tree

You will have the opportunity to come and plant the tree yourself (if you wish!), name it, and then have your name and the name of the tree, on our interactive map which will show your name as you hover over your tree.

£30 or more

Sponsor a Family Bundle of Trees

Sponsor a family bundle of trees. Sponsor 4 trees in our woodland copse and come and plant them with the kids!

£40 or more

Adopt a Family Bundle of Trees

You will have the opportunity to come and plant the trees yourselves with all the family (if you wish!), name them, and then have your name and the name of the trees, on our interactive map which will show your name as you hover over your trees.

£50 or more

Sponsor a rescued farm animal

Have your name on a list of sponsors. Your contribution will go towards feed, vet fees etc. These animals will be able to live out their natural lives with us, they will be part of the therapeutic aspect of our work and their grazing and manure will be a part of the ecosystem of the forest garden. This symbiotic relationship has been shown to be the most sustainable and to produce the most amount of crop.

£100 or more

Adopt a rescued farm animal

Name your animal and enjoy feedback on wellbeing via email. You will be welcome to come and visit and feed with the staff. Your contribution will go towards feed, vet fees etc. These animals will be able to live out their natural lives with us, they will be part of the therapeutic aspect of our work and their grazing and manure will be a part of the ecosystem of the forest garden.

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